Georgia certainly hit the jackpot when Hernus Pieters of Pretoria, South Africa, signed with the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-2 right-hander, only 17 years old, won the Southern Collegiate doubles last fall with senior Javier Garrapiz and also won the Division II singles title.
He and Garrapiz won the SEC Indoor doubles at Knoxville in January.
Garrapiz, who won the SEC Indoor singles, thinks Pieters might some day be the best player in the conference.
"He has a big forehand and a big serve, too," Garrapiz said.
At the ITA Team Indoor championships at Seattle last month, he and Garrapiz upset Stanford’s No. 1 doubles team.
How did Georgia recruit a good player from South Africa?
Georgia assistant coach Will Glenn learned of Pieters through a women’s coach in South Africa – Tracy Chappel, who formerly played at Tennessee.
Pieters was sought by many U.S. schools and visited Pepperdine, Texas, Florida and Georgia.
Glenn certainly did a good job selling him on the program in Athens.
I also recruited a boy from Pretoria, South Africa, when I was Georgia coach: Johannes (Kosie) Sauer, whose younger brother, Freddie Sauer, later at Miami.
Sauer won the Norman Holmes Best Bandhand award in 1984.
Pieters and his teammates played an important home match against Auburn on Friday and face Alabama at 1 p.m. Sunday.
• Dan Magill is a contributing columnist for the Athens Banner-Herald. E-mail: email@example.com.